Brubaker.-Ammon S., oldest son of Joseph E. and Susan Stauffer Brubaker, was born June 27, 1869; was called home March 14, 1944; in his seventy-fifth year. In 1899 he was married to Hettie A. Metzler who preceded him in death 30 years ago. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Florence Sensenig, and a son, J. Daniel Brubaker and 7 grandchildren. He was a member of the East Petersburg, Pa., Mennonite Church and resided most of his life near East Petersburg. He is also survived by 2 brothers: Deacon Clayton S. Brubaker, Mt. Joy, R. 1; and J. Henry Brubaker, R. 1, Lancaster; and one sister, Susie S. Brubaker of East Petersburg. Services were held at the home by Bro. Frank Kreider and at the church by Bro. Henry Lutz. Text, Heb. 13:14. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
There is no death! The stars go down
To rise upon some fairer shore;
And bright, in heaven's jeweled crown,
They shine forevermore.
Burkey.-Magdalena Sutter Burkey was born June 11, 1863, at Gridley, Ill., came to Milford, Nebr., with her parents in 1874. On Feb. 12, 1882, she was married to Chris Schrock. To this union were born one son, John of Bloomington, Ill., and one daughter, Katie Mann of Niles, Mich. Her husband passed away in 1892. In the year 1894 she was married to Valentine Burkey. To them was born one son Joe of Bloomington, Ill. There were also 4 stepchildren: Emil Burkey, Manitou Springs, Colo.; Barbara Ehrisman and Mary Teuscher, Milford; and Katie Spencer, Normal, Ill. They also raised a granddaughter, Clara, who preceded her in death in 1933. Her husband preceded her April 27, 1924. She was a life-long member of the East Fairview Church, of which she remained faithful to the end. She leaves to mourn her death 3 sisters and one brother: Mary Noel, Strang, Nebr.; Lizzie Detweiler, Beaver Crossing, Nebr.; Anna Rediger, Milford; and Dan Sutter, Lincoln, Nebr. Eleven brothers and sisters preceded her in death. Also a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends survive. Funeral services were held at the home and at the church by J. E. Zimmerman. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Histand.-Samuel Swartz Histand, son of Samuel and Rebecca Overholt Histand, was born April 9, 1871, in Doylestown Twp., Pa.; passed to his eternal reward March 21, 1944; aged almost 73 years. On Oct. 26, 1895, he was married to Susie Landis who survives him together with 13 children: Samuel Jr., Doylestown, Pa.; Elizabeth, wife of James Gross, Harrisonburg, Va.: Daniel, Doylestown; Rebecca, wife of J. Silas Graybill, Souderton, Pa.; Howard, New Hope, Pa.; Mary, wife of David Alderfer, Scottdale, Pa.; Ruth, wife of John Mosemann, Lancaster, Pa.; Laura, Akron, Pa.; Susie at home; William, Doylestown; Sara, wife of Vernon Schmidt, Paraguay, S.A.; David, Tinicum, Pa.; James, Denbigh, Va. Two sons and one daughter, Isaac, Abram, and Florence preceded him in death. He is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 4 sisters. His only brother, Bishop A. O. Histand, preceded him in death by only 7 months. Death was caused by a heart aliment after several years of failing health. He was a devout Christian and a kind husband and father. Services were conducted at the Doylestown Mennonite Church by Joseph Gross, J. C. Clemens, and J. Silas Graybill. The latter, a son-in-law, assisted by the request of the deceased. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Kreider.-Martha B., daughter of Rev. Abram and Anna Brubaker Horst was born March 12, 1869, near Manheim, Pa.; died in the Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., May 2, 1944, after a short illness. Her husband and three children preceded her in death. She was the last of her family; only nephews and nieces remain to mourn her loss. She was deeply loved by all who knew her.
Gone is the face we loved so dear;
Silent is the voice we loved to hear;
Too far away for sight or speech,
But not too far for thought to reach;
Sweet to remember her who was here,
And who, though absent, is just as dear.
Lehman.-Barbara (Bontrager) Lehman was born Feb. 2, 1867 in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died May 11, 1944 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Levi D. Mast of Topeka, Lagrange Co., Ind.; aged 77 y. 3 m. 9 d. She united with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, which she faithfully fulfilled in her great weakness to her end. She was married Feb. 12, 1885 to Moses H .Lehman who preceded her in death Nov. 12, 1936. She lived in matrimony 31 y. 9 m. and lived as a widow 7 y. 5 m. 29 d. To this union 8 children were born, all living yet. She leaves to mourn her departure 6 daughters, 2 sons: Lydia, wife of Joseph S. Bontrager; Polly, wife of Emanuel Hershberger; Jonathan; Annie, wife of Benj. Raber; Katie, wife of Joseph D. Miller; Mary; Amelia, wife of Levi D. Mast; Manasses. Forty-two grandchildren survive; two preceded her. Six brothers and 2 sisters survive also: Joni, Katie, Daniel, Benjamin, Manasses, Noah, Christian, Annie; one brother and 2 sisters preceded her in death. She called all her children and friends to her bedside and said good-by and gave kind words for us to live in peace and be faithful church members. She was ailing in health for the last year, but was bedfast about three weeks. The last week she was in real misery till the Lord called her to His home. Funeral services were held May 15 at the home place, conducted by John Lambright, David J. Bontrager, William Bontrager, where a large number of people assembled to pay the last respect to the departed.
Mother, dear, of you we are thinking
Since you left us lonely here,
While our hearts indeed are saddened
We know you are happy, Dear.
Litwiller.-Jonas Litwiller, son of Preacher Joseph and Mary (Roop) Litwiller, was born near Tremont, Ill., June 12, 1865, and passed away May 7, 1944; aged 78 y. 10 m. 24 d. He was united in marriage to Katie Eigsti on Jan. 31, 1889, who survives him with the following children: Elmer of Tremont; Louella (Mrs. Harvey Staker), Groveland; Albert and Lester, Morton; and Raymond, Chicago. He leaves also 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. One brother, Andrew of Metamora, and 2 sisters, Elizabeth (Mrs. John Augsburger), Hopedale and Martha (Mrs. Dan Stauffer) Milford, Nebr., preceded him in death. The brothers and sisters surviving are Silas, Middlebury, Ind.; Thomas, Tremont, Ill., Mrs. Emma Litwiller, Hopedale, Ill.; and Anna (Mrs. Dan Stauffer) Milford, Nebr. In youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church near Tremont, Ill. He was ordained to the ministry in 1903 at the age of 38 and served as a faithful servant of the church. He engaged in farming near Tremont until 1904 when he moved to the farm one mile south of Morton. In 1926 the family moved to Morton where he spent the remainder of his life. He believed in the simple life, in honest dealings and few words. He leaves behind many friends who will remember his quiet and unpretentious life. Funeral services were conducted at the home of his son, Albert, by Bro. Leland A. Bachman and at the church by Bro. Simon Litwiller, assisted by Bro. J. N. Kaufman. Text 11 Tim. 4:7, 8. Interment in the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Cemetery, north of Tremont, Illinois.
"As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with the likeness" (Ps. 17:15).
Martin.-Amos W. Martin was born Aug. 18, 1920, in Earl Township, Lancaster Co., Pa.; died May 1, 1944, of meningitis in Lebanon Sanitarium; aged 23 y. 8 m. 13 d. He was ill only 4 days. He suffered severely and started to be unconscious. The second day he was taken to the Sanitarium where he never gained consciousness. He was a faithful member of the Springville Mennonite Church. On Jan. 15, 1942, he was married to Elizabeth B. Horning. Besides his loving companion he is survived by one son Franklin, his parents (Henry and Mary Weaver Martin of Ephrata, Pa., R. 3), and the following brothers and sisters: Lydia, wife of Noah Hoover, Denver, Pa.; Rev. Noah Martin, Murrel, Pa.; Ezra, Hinkeltown, Pa.; Moses, Lititz, Pa., R. 4; Henry, and Lena, wife of Amos Horst, both of Springville, Pa.; Mary, wife of Henry S. Martin, Denver, Pa.; David, Kleinfeltersville, Pa.; Lizzie, wife of David Martin, Shoenech, Pa.; and Eli at home. Funeral services were conducted at his home near Richland, Lebanon Co., Pa., May 4, 1944 by Bro. Menno Weaver, and in the Springville Mennonite Church by Bros. Amos H. Martin and Joseph Hostetter. Text, 11 Cor. 4:17 to 5:1. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Rest on, dear brother, your labors are o'er,
Your willing hands will work no more.
A faithful father, so true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find.
Saltzman.-Jacob, son of Peter and Anna (Reshley) Saltzman, was born in A La Trimbol, Lorraine, France, May 20, 1856; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. David Lehman, Kalona, Ia., April 28, 1944; aged 87 y. 11 m. 8 d. He came to America in Oct., 1878, worked in New York and Boston, Mass., until the fall of 1882 when he came to Milford, Nebr. He was united in marriage Sept. 6, 1885, to Fannie Burkey of Milford and they lived together in matrimony almost 60 years. After their marriage they moved on a farm near Milford where they lived until the fall of 1908, when they retired and moved to Milford. In 1942 they went to the home of their daughter where they remained the last 17 months and where Bro. Saltzman passed away. To this union 6 children were born: Mrs. David Lehman and Mrs. Barbara Stutzman, Kalona, Ia.; Mrs. Fred Yeackley and Mrs. Melvin Troyer, Milford, Nebr.; Edward E., Milford; and one son Joseph A., deceased. He is survived by his companion and the above named, 27 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Bro. Saltzman accepted Christ in his youth and united with the Mennonite Church in France. On coming to America and locating at Milford, Nebr., he placed his membership with the East Fairview congregation where he was a life-long member, always taking a deep interest in the spiritual welfare of the church. Bro. Saltzman was a devoted husband and father, and a friend to all who knew him. It can be truly said of him "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, that they may rest from their labours, and their works do follow them." Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon April 29, at the Lehman home, conducted by J. L. Hershberger, and at the Lower Deer Creek Church by J. Y. Swartzendruber, D. J. Fisher, and Geo. S. Miller, after which the body was taken to Milford, Nebr., to the house of his son, Edward E., where services were conducted Monday afternoon, May 1, by Ammon Miller and at the East Fairview Church by J. E. Zimmerman and L. O. Schlegel. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.
Father's chair is empty now,
Beneath our eyes he slowly faded
Getting weaker every day
Till God in His heavenly wisdom
Called Father peacefully away.
Sherk.-Nancy Bauman Sherk was born near Preston, Ont., May 15, 1851; died near Markham, Ont., in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Laura Burkholder; aged 93 y. 4 d. On Dec. 17, 1871, she was united in marriage with Benjamin B. Sherk, who predeceased her May 15, 1929. Bro. and Sister Sherk united with the Mennonite Church soon after they were married and both lived a faithful Christian life until the Lord called them home. Sister Sherk was given to hospitality and Christian witnessing. She was a teacher in the primary department in the Cressman Mennonite Church at Breslau, Ont. for many years. Her home was the home of a number of old people, relatives of the family, until they passed on to glory. The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon from her late home to the Wideman Church for services and the adjoining cemetery for burial. Ministers serving were A. D. Grove and Oscar Burkholder. Text, Psalm 91:14-16.
Showalter.-Lydia, daughter of Jacob and Hannah (Brenneman) Wenger was born near Harrisonburg, Va., on May 10, 1860. She passed away at her home near Conway, McPherson Co., Kans., April 24, 1944; aged 83 y. 11 m. 14 d. On Nov. 13, 1883, she was married to Cyrus B. Showalter who passed away in August, 1937. They lived in Virginia until 1910, when they moved to McPherson Co., Kans. Their children were all born in Virginia. They are: Edward, John, and Nellie (Horst) of Ia.; Lizzie (Showalter) and Amos of Va.; Hannah (Hilty) of Ida.; Oliver, Ada (Zimmerman), Clara (Cooprider) and Laura of Kans. All ten of them are living, and they with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren remain. Also remaining are 2 brothers and 2 sisters: Adam Wenger of O.; Timothy Wenger, Barbara Andes, and Katie Brunk, all of Virginia. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. She was a patient and loving mother, deeply concerned for the welfare of her family. Funeral services were conducted at the West Liberty church by Bro. Jos. G. Hartzler, assisted by Bro. M. M. Troyer. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.
Summers.-Barbara E. Summers, daughter of Jonathan and Anna (Hartzler) Mast, was born March 9, 1869 in Lancaster Co.; died April 9, 1944; aged 75 y. 1 m. Death was caused by heart attack on Dec. 9, 1943, from which she never fully recovered. She was able to be up and around at times, but was not able to look after her household duties any more. She spent the rest of her remaining days with her daughters. She suffered much at times, but bore it very patiently. Her life her on earth was not an easy one, but she always tried to make others happy. She is greatly missed by her husband and children, and the encouragement she gave us during her last weeks with us will never be forgotten. She was resigned to the Lord's will. She often said, "Just as the Lord wills." Although Mother was taken from us, we have that blessed assurance of meeting her again in that better world above. She is survived by her husband David, one son Jacob, Drumore, Pa.; one daughter Annie Kennel, Gap. Pa; Elizabeth, wife of Jonas Yoder; Edith, wife of Newton Yoder; and Amanda, wife of Daniel Byler, all of Allensville, Pa. Funeral services were held at the home of Newton Yoder, where she died. Further services were held at the Allensville Mennonite Church of which she was a member, by Bro. Raymond Peachey, April 12. The body was laid to rest in the Allensville cemetery.
Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and with pain.
Put by her glasses and rocker,
She will not need them again,
Into Heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh nor to weep.
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep.
-By Her Children.
Wilson.-Lou Emma Hosman was born May 8, 1855, in Calloway Co., Mo.; died April 22; aged 88 y. 11 m. 17 d. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Hosman. She came to Marion Co. 57 years ago and was married to John Thomas Wilson in Hannibal, May 27, 1889. She lived with her husband for 57 years, and he was never away for her for more than a working day all these years. During the last few years she was blind and was constantly attended by her husband. On June 11, 1939, she was received into the Mennonite Church by water baptism. She was always in services when her health permitted. On March 10 she suffered a light stroke and was taken to the Levering Hospital where she passed away. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, one sister (Miss Alice Hosman, Hannibal), and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Mission Church in Hannibal, in charge of Bros. Nelson E. Kauffman and J. M. Kreider. She was interred at the Greenwood Cemetery at Palmyra, Mo.
Yoder.-Cornelius, son of Christian C. and Rebecca (Yoder) Gingerich was born northwest of Kalona, Ia., Sept. 7, 1878; died at the Watts General Hospital, Marengo, Ia.; aged 65 y. 8 m. 7 d. On Nov. 29, 1904, he was united in marriage to Ruhame Yoder of Wellman and to this union 6 children were born: 4 daughters, Mrs. William Hoylman, North English, Ia.; Mrs. Ora Yoder, Wellman; Mena Pauline, nurse at the Watts Hospital at Marengo; and Dorothy at home; and two sons. Emmet of Washington, Ia.; and Cleo at home. Besides the immediate family his death is mourned by 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Enos Miller, Kalona, and one half-brother, Eli, Davenport, Ia., and a host of near relatives and friends. Bro. Gingerich accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and united with the East Union Mennonite Church where he was a faithful member at the time of his death. He is preceded in death by his companion who passed away Nov. 29, 1940. Bro. Gingerich lived his entire life in the Kalona community and followed the occupation of farming until Dec. 1943, when he retired because of his health and moved to Kalona. For some time his health had been failing and April 27 he went to the hospital and on May 3 submitted to an operation and all that medical skill and loving hands could do was done, but a few days later he peacefully went to be with his Lord. Funeral services were held from the East Union Mennonite Church, Tuesday afternoon, with burial in the family lot in East Union Cemetery, in charge of D. J. Fisher and Ed Shetler.
Transcriber's note: The name is "Yoder" at the first of the obituary. It is mentioned as Gingerich two other times.
Yoder.-Wallace L., son of Levi and Barbara (Miller) Yoder, was born Sept. 24, 1865; died at his home near Middlebury, Ind., on May 15, 1944; aged 78 y. 7 m. 21 d. He was united in marriage to Sarah Miller Oct. 31, 1885, who preceded him in death March 1, 1924. This union was blessed with 8 children. Three daughters, Nettie, Blanche, and Barbara Luella, and one son, Wrayburn preceded him in death. Those remaining are: Freeman and Eldon, Ligonier; Mrs. Nona Mishler and Mrs. Irvin Miller, Shipshewana. Also surviving are 25 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Leanna Kauffman, Topeka; Mrs. Lena Higgins, Toledo, O.), 2 brothers (Eli Yoder, Mishawaka, Ind.; and Ephraim Yoder, Ligonier, Ind.), and many other relatives and friends. On July 25, 1925, he was married to Lydia Miller who departed this life in June, 1930. In his youth he was united with the Mennonite Church and lived a faithful life until the Lord called him home. He was a regular church attendant and had a Sunday school class which he taught until his health didn't permit him. He lived most of his years near Shipshewana, until Feb. 17, 1934, when he was married to Barbara Glick and moved near the Forks Church, later moving in the home where they lived when he passed away. The funeral service was held at the Forks Mennonite church. Burial was made in the Miller Cemetery.
Beneath our eyes he slowly faded
Getting weaker day by day.
Until God in His heavenly wisdom
Called him peacefully away.
Rest on, dear father, your labors are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more.
A loving father true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Beyler.-Elmer J., son of Alfred and the late Elizabeth Geiser Beyler, was born at Orrville, O., March 8, 1898; died in Akron, O., May 17, 1944; aged 46 y. 2 m. 9 d. For several years he had not been well, but was working most of the time until this past February. Since then he was hospitalized a few times and occasionally suffered great pain. As a youth he confessed faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church, holding his membership with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church near Smithville, O., until his death. On Sept. 2, 1924, he was married to Mabel Burkholder of Smithville, O. Their home was blessed by 2 daughters: Willene and Maribel. Until 1938 they lived in Orrville, but in that year they moved to Akron where they lived to the time of his death. He was associated with the People's Saving and Loan Company for 23 years. He was virtually interested in the work of the Lord and gave liberally of his means to further the cause of Christ. He took an active part in the work of the church, serving in various capacities as Sunday-school superintendent and superintendent of the young people's Bible meeting. Their home was characterized by love, warm hospitality, and a Christian spirit. He was preceded in death by his mother and one sister, Sarah. Besides his wife and 2 children he is survived by his father and step-mother, 3 brothers (Lester, Wooster, O; Noah, Sterling, O.; and Floyd, Orrville, O); and 4 sisters (Mrs. Dan Hershey, Glendale, Arizona; Mrs. Walter Ebersole, Smithville, Ohio; Mrs. Leo Mast, Millersburg, Ohio; and Mrs. Forest Kornhaus, Orrville, Ohio). Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon, May 21, 1944, from the home of his brother-in-law, Gordon Burkholder Orrville, and at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, with Bro. William G. Detweiler in charge, assisted by Bishop J. S. Gerig and Bro. I. W. Royer. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Graber.-Wanda Darlene, oldest daughter of Ira B. and Florence Graber, was born in Stryker, O., June 10, 1921; took her early departure from life at the Cameron Hospital, Byron, O.; aged 22 y. 10 m. 29 d. After an illness of approximately 8 years, various complications overtook her tired body and Wanda left us never to return here, but to beckon us to a better land where pain and sickness never come. At an early age, Wanda accepted Christ as her Saviour and Lord, and to the very best of her ability remained true and faithful to Him until he called her home. She was ever kind and obedient, showing much patience, and she will be greatly missed, not only by her parents but also by 2 brothers (Milo, Electrician's Mate 3rd class of the U. S. Navy, and Ellie at home), 2 sisters (Joan and Shirley both at home), grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Peter Graber, Stryker; and Moses Stutzman, Archbold), besides a host of other relatives and friends. Services were held at Lockport Mennonite Church, Stryker, O. Burial was made in Lockport cemetery. The officiating ministers were Bros. Jesse Short, Walter Stuckey, and Simeon Stuckey.
Beneath our eyes she slowly faded,
Getting weaker every day,
Till God in His heavenly wisdom,
Called Wanda peacefully away.
Harshbarger.-Samuel M. Harshbarger, aged 74 years, was instantly killed by a train near Mattawana, Pa., as he was crossing the tracks on the evening of April 10, 1944. He was the son of the late Jonas and Pauline (Yerger) Harshbarger. He worked for almost fifty years for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Altoona, and since his retirement was at home with his sister Mattie and brother Harry in Mattawana. He is survived by 4 brothers and one sister: Moses, Christ, Harry, and Mattie Harshbarger, all of Mattawana, and David Harshbarger of Mishawaka, Ind. The funeral was held on April 13 in the Booth Funeral Parlors. Services were conducted by Bro. Aaron Mast of Belleville. Interment was made in the Hertzler cemetery.
Hartman.-Donald Ray, son of Lester and Arlene (Pletcher) Hartman, was born March 19, 1944 at the Goshen Hospital; suddenly passed away May 22, 1944, at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Miles Pletcher; aged 2 m. 3 d. He is survived by his parents, his maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Miles Pletcher), his parental grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Abram Hartman), a great-grandmother (Mrs. Salome Pletcher), all of Goshen, Ind.; and many other relatives and friends.
"A sweet little bud, too pure to stay-
God in His wisdom, took Donald away,
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus in heaven above."
Hertzler.-Katherine, daughter of John S. and Elizabeth Stoltzfus, was born Nov. 23, 1857, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; passed away April 19, 1944. At the age of 14 years she, with her parents and family moved near Concord, Tenn. A group of Amish Mennonite families of Lancaster Co., Pa., led by her grandfather, John Stoltzfus, located here. At an early age she was converted and united with the Amish Church near Concord, Tenn. Feb. 1876, she was married to Levi B. Hertzler of Baltimore, Md., who preceded her in death 16 years ago. Six children were born to this union, all of whom survive: Mae, wife of T. K. Hershey, Trenque, Lauquen Mennonite Mission, Argentine, S. A.; Ida, wife of L. J. Powell, Wellman, Ia.; Eugene of near Pottstown; Truman, Melvin, and Milford, Elverson, Pa. Fifteen grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren also survive. August 1919, she with her husband moved to Denbigh, Va., where they resided for 2 years. March 19, 1921, they moved on a farm near Elverson, Pa. Here she resided and enjoyed god health until her last sickness. There were times during her sickness of 12 weeks when she suffered intensely. Her faith and courage were an inspiration to her family. Many of the virtues found in Prov. 31 could be applied to Mother's life. She loved her home, her family, her neighbors, her church, but her Saviour most of all. Many enjoyed the hospitality of her home. Funeral services were conducted at her home April 22 in charge of Bro. C. J. Kurtz and at Conestoga Mennonite Church near Morgantown, Pa., by Brethren J. S. Mast and I. S. Mast. Text, 1 Cor. 15 and Rev. 20:6. Services at the cemetery were in charge of Bro. Ira Kurtz. Interment was made in Pine Grove cemetery, near Elverson, Pa.
The lights have gone out in this mansion of clay;
The curtains are drawn, the dweller's away.
She slipped over the threshold of time into night,
To take her abode in the City of Light.
-By the family.
Hess.-Miriam, infant, daughter of John W. and Anna (Strickler) Hess, was born May 17; died the same day. Besides her parents she is survived by a brother, Harold C., and a sister, Beatrice S.
Iutzi.-Sarah Hannah, daughter of the late Christian and Mattie Baechler, was born in South Easthope, Perth Co., Ont., on June 19, 1899. On May 12, 1944, after an extended and severe illness of much suffering, she entered into rest; aged 44 y. 10 m. 29 d. In early youth she confessed Christ and was baptized by the late Bishop Michael K. Jantzi, Oct. 25, 1914, and was received into the fellowship of East Zorra A. M. congregation, in which faith she remained to the end. On June 14, 1922, she was united in the bonds of matrimony to Bro. Michael R. Iutzi of East Zorra, which union was blessed with 7 children. Surviving are her bereaved companion and Mary Ellen, at home: her father and mother-in-law (Daniel S. Iutzi and wife), one brother (Chris Baechler, Tavistock), 4 sisters (Katie Schultz, Milverton; Fannie, wife of Sam Bender, New Hamburg; Mabel, wife of William Bender, New Hamburg; Susannah, wife of Peter Roth, New Hamburg). One son Lloyd Daniel preceded her in 1928. Services were held at the home on May 15, by Bro. Dan Wagler, and at the East Zorra A. M. Church by Brethren Menno Kipfer and Jacob R. Bender. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Koch.-Lovina Koch, Kitchener, Ont., wife of the late David R. Koch who preceded her about 9 years ago, daughter of the late David N. Brubacker, was born April 17, 1874, in Woolwich Twp.; died May 19, 1944; aged 70 y. 1 m. 2 d. Surviving are 2 sons (Elven and Howard, Kitchener), 2 daughters (Mrs. Noah Ziegler of near Elmira, and Leona, Kitchener), 3 brothers (Addison, Kitchener; Nathaniel, Main Centre, Sask.; David, Waterloo), and 2 sisters (Mrs. George Lichty, Elmira; Mrs. Harry Humphrey, Niagara Falls, N. Y.). Fifteen grandchildren also survive and one great-grandchild. Two sons (Manley and Forrest), and one daughter (Mrs. Henry Seiling) predeceased her. She was a member of the Mennonite church many years, and was a faithful member of the First Mennonite church during the last years. She will be missed by the family, the church, and her many friends. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. C. F. Derstine, assisted by Bros. Oliver Snider, Roy Koch, and Andrew Shelly at the Elmira Mennonite Church.
Miller.-Mattie, daughter of Nathaniel A. and Elizabeth (Whetstone) Miller, was born July 3, 1942, near Topeka, Ind.; died April 25, 1944, at the home of her parents; aged 3 y. 9 m. 25 d. She is survived by her parents, 2 sisters, 5 brothers, all at home; her maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Sam Whetstone, Middlebury, Indiana) and parental grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Ananias Miller, Topeka, Ind.), and many other relatives and friends. Her death was caused by leakage of the heart due to scarlet fever, which she suffered from for two months. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Manelius Beechy by Bros. Cornelius Christner and William Yoder. Burial was made in the Miller cemetery.
Jesus has taken a beautiful bud,
Out of our garden of love,
Borne it away to the City of God,
Home of the angels above.
Moist.-Martha, widow of Edward Moist, died very
suddenly in her home in Mattawana, Pa., on May 2, 1944, from a
heart attack; aged 73 y. She was the daughter of the late Joshua
and Elizabeth (Sheerer) Harshbarger, and lived all her
life in or near Mattawana. She is survived by 3 sons and 5 daughters,
20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She also leaves one
brother and 2 sisters: Francis Harshbarger; Mrs. Nancie Byler,
and Mrs. Arthur (Elsie) Grassmyer. She was a member of the Church
of the Brethren. The funeral was held at the home on May 5, 1944.
Services were conducted by William Hannawalt of the Brethren church.
Interment was made in the Pine Glen Cemetery.
Raeuber.-Mary Victorine Raeuber, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Bellot) Serpette, was born July 12, 1865; passed away at her home southeast of Deer Creek, Ill., May 25, 1944; aged 78 y. 10 m. 13 d. She was united in marriage to Joseph Raeuber on April 22, 1885. To this union 4 children were born, all of whom survive: Joseph and John of Danvers; Susan (Mrs. Carl Anderson), Stanford; and Mrs. Anna Wolber, Danvers. Her husband preceded her in death 14 years ago. Four brothers and sisters survive: Mrs. Anna Tucker and Joe Serpette, East Peoria; Emil and Amos Serpette, Danvers; Euphemia (Mrs. Theodore Hayes), Deer Creek; Rose (Mrs. Henry Schrenk, Danvers; and Terry Serpette, Danvers. Three brothers and 2 sisters preceded her in death. She also leaves 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren together with a host of relatives and friends. Seventeen years ago she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and with her husband united with the Goodfield Mennonite Church. She transferred her membership to the Morton Mennonite Church when the 2 churches merged, remaining faithful until her Lord called her home. She was a loving mother, interested in the welfare of her family. She made her greatest joy contribution in making her home a place of joy and peace for those she loved. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Baptist Church in Deer Creek. Bro Leland A. Bachman assisted by Bro. Harold R. Oyer, officiated at the services. Burial was made in the Mt Zion Cemetery north of Deer Creek.
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant at our home
Which never can be filled.
God in his wisdom has recalled
The boon His love had given.
Altho the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in heaven.
Schweitzer.-Mattie (Troyer) Schweitzer, daughter of Jonathan and Magdalena Troyer, was born in Holmes Co., O., July 11, 1873, passed away peacefully at her home at Shickley, Nebr., May 5, 1944; aged 70 y. 9 m. 24 d. She had been in failing health for some time but bedfast for 4 weeks. On Aug. 28, 1890, she was united in marriage to Nickolas Schweitzer. This happy union was blessed with 8 children. She leaves to mourn her departure her loving companion, 3 sons and 3 daughters (William, Geneva; Lloyd, Carleton; Mrs. Gertie Saltzman, Shickley: Mrs. Ellen Oswald, Shickley; Perry and Lena at home). Also at home is Doretta Miller, a granddaughter whom she raised from infancy. She also leaves 29 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and one sister (Jake, Indiana; Dan and Abe, Shickely; Fannie, Kalona, Ia.). Those preceding her in death were 2 daughters (Mary and Katie), 7 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 5 sisters. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth, uniting with the Mennonite Church to which she was faithful until the end. After the death of her daughter Katie, she took her son-in-law, Jess Miller, and 4 children into her home and faithfully cared for them for 9 years. She had a deep interest for the church and her children. She will be greatly missed in the church by relatives, neighbors, and friends that are left behind. Many were the deeds of help and kindness that she did while on this world. All that loving hands could do was done for her, but the Lord saw fit to take her home. Services were held at the Salem Mennonite Church by Bro. Fred Reeb, assisted by Bro. Peter R. Kennel. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.
A wife so loving, faithful, and true,
A mother so cheerful the whole day through-
We miss our death mother; we can't understand,
But God in His mercy holds life in His hand.
He loves all His children; He knows what is best;
And some day we'll meet in the home of the blest.
Schrock.-James Edward, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee E. Schrock, was born at the San Antonio Hospital at Upland, Calif., Thursday, May 4, 1944. When he was over a week old, he became suddenly ill with inflammation of the intestines which caused his death 3 days later, May 15. Besides his parents, and his sisters, Virginia Lee and Marlene Kay, he is survived by his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Schrock of Los Angeles, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Kremer) and great-grandmother, Mrs. John H. Stutzman, of Milford, Nebr.; also 5 aunts, 5 uncles, and 4 cousins, besides many other relatives and friends.
The Lord saw fit to take our son
While he was yet so pure and small.
Now up in Glory, at Jesus' side,
He waits in joy to meet us all.
Swigart.-William Swigart, aged 78 years, died suddenly of a heart attack in his home at Mattawana, Pa., on the evening of May 20, 1944. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Corena Swigart, 2 daughters (Miss Florence Swigart, and Mrs. James Keneppe), and 3 grandchildren, all of Mattawana. He united with the Spring Run Church of the Brethren when a young man and remained faithful, always attending services regularly unless kept away by sickness. He also attended services of other denominations whenever able to do so. He, with his family, has lived in our community for many years and a number of our Mennonite ministers from other places, when visiting or holding meeting in this place, have been invited into and enjoyed the hospitality of the Swigart home. The funeral was held at the home on May 23, 1944. His pastors, Bro. Lawrence Ruble and Perry Huffaker, conducted the services. Interment was made in the Spring Run Cemetery.
Kaufman.-Loransa Kaufman was born in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset So., Pa., on August 18, 1880; died May 26, 1944; aged 63 y. 9 m. 8 d. He was the son of Stephen and Fannie (Sala) Kaufman. He is survived by his widow, Anna (Swank) Kaufman: 5 children (Lizzie, wife of Paul B.. Kniss; Henry; Fannie, wife of Freeman Thomas; Harley, and Paul), and 7 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Emma Yoder. The youngest son, Paul, is in C. P. S. and was called home when his father's condition became more serious. He arrived a day before his father passed on. Bro. Kauffman was a member of the Stahl Mennonite Church since his conversion. He served as deacon of this congregation since May 1918. His work as a deacon was much appreciated by old and young alike. He was a talented worker and was always of a cheerful disposition. He was respected and loved as a teacher by the young men of his Sunday-school class. He had also served many years as superintendent of the Sunday school. His passing leaves a large vacancy in the home, community, and the church.
Transcriber's note: Kaufman is also spelled as Kauffman in the original.
Tweedy.-Miss Amanda J., daughter of Samuel A. and Irene Tweedy, was born in Edgar Co., Ill., Nov. 24, 1856. After being an invalid in bed most of the time for 5 years, she departed this life May 22, 1944, at the home of her only brother, William L. Tweedy of Carl Junction, Mo., who survives her; aged 87 y. 6 m. She also leaves 9 nephews and 9 nieces who mourn her departure. In her younger years she was a member of the Methodist Church. A little over two years ago she confessed Christ, and was received into the Mennonite Church as a member of White Hall congregation near Oronogo, Mo. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Alva Swartzendruber, using 1 Thess. 4, and at the Methodist Church at Carl Junction by E. J. Berkey, using 11 Cor. 5:1 as a text. Interment was made in the Carl Junction Cemetery.
Widmer.-Fannie Roth Widmer was born Jan. 1, 1874, in St. Ludwig, Germany; passed away April 25, 1944, at the Albany General Hospital at Albany, Ore., after a brief illness; aged 70 y. 3 m. 24 d. She came to America with her sister at the age of 15 years. In March, 1903, she was united in marriage to Peter Widmer, who predeceased her in September, 1919. One daughter, Lydia, also preceded her in death in January, 1935. Surviving her are 3 daughters (Anna, wife of John Kennel; Sarah, wife of John Calvin Jones, Albany, Ore.; and Marie, wife of Earnest Cox, Herlong, Calif.), 3 sons (William and Menno, Albany, Oreg.; and Henry, Douglas, Ariz.), 4 brothers (N. N. Roth, Albany, Ore.; J. J. Roth, P. J. Roth, and Ben R. Roth, Wayland, Ia.), 2 sisters (Josephine Graber and Anna K. Gerig, Wayland, Ia.). Eleven grandsons and 2 granddaughters also survive, besides many other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and was a faithful member until death. Her cheerful disposition and acts of kindness won for her many friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Albany Mennonite Church, April 28, 1944, by Bros. Mose Brenneman and George M. Kauffman. Text, 11 Tim. 1:2.
Witmer.-Benjamin W., was born Oct. 1, 1856; died April 14, 1944, from infirmities of old age at the Oreville Mennonite Home, in which he was a guest for the last 10 years; aged 87 y. 6 m. 13 d. He is survived by one daughter Celia, who lovingly cared for him during his stay at the Home, and John of Strasburg). His wife preceded him in death 11 years ago. Funeral services were held at the Home, April 17, in charge of Bros. Maris and James Hess. Text, Psa. 90:9, 10. Burial was made in the Brick Mennonite cemetery. He was a member of the Byerland Mennonite Church for a number of years.
Yoder.-Melvin Jonas, son of the late David and Melinda Smucker Yoder, was born in Wayne Co., O., July 26, 1893; died of a heart attack while at his store in Oyster Point, Va., on the evening of April 20, 1944; aged 50 y. He came to Virginia with his parents when quite young and had been a resident of Oyster Point ever since. As a youth he had been baptized into the Amish Church, but later left the church and for 23 years had been connected with police work in Warwick Co., besides being the C & O. agent at Oyster Point, and a skilled veterinarian. However, during the past year he made a definite change. He seemed truly converted and became interested and active in Christian work, and we feel satisfied that he was prepared for the change that came so suddenly. He always had a helpful disposition and possessed the faculty of making friends among all classes of people. The tokens of esteem and expressions of grief from rich and poor, colored and white, indicated how widely his influence and kindness had reached. Surviving are 2 brothers, Harvey E. and C. P. Yoder; one foster sister, Mrs. Adam Schmucker, all of Oyster Point; also one to whom he was soon to have been married, besides a number of uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews. The funeral, which was very largely attended, was held at the home of his brother, Harvey E., then at the Baptist Church in charge of the Rev. David Anderson, assisted by Bro. George R. Brunk. Interment was made in the A. M. Cemetery near by.
Zehr.-Katherine (Bender) Zehr was born April 6, 1887, in Wellesley, Ont., passed into her reward after a lingering illness for over a year at her late home in Tavistock, on April 17, 1944; aged 57 y. 11 d. In early youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, and by water baptism upon confession of faith, was received into fellowship of East Zorra congregation by the late Bishop Jacob M. Bender of Tavistock, Ont. On Oct. 29, 1907 she was joined in holy wedlock to Simon B. Zehr of East Zorra. This union was blessed with 10 children. One daughter passed away in infancy. She leaves to mourn her departure her loving companion, 4 sons (Irvin, Tavistock; Henry, Inerkip; Howard, overseas in England; Ernest, at home), 5 daughters (Edna, Mrs. Henry Christiansen, Plattsville; Clara, Mrs. Norman Lebold, Baden; Lydian, Mrs. Walter Shantz, Baden; Helen, at home; Hilda, Mrs. Earl Kimberger, Stratford), one adopted daughter (Alice, Mrs. Earl Turton, Toronto), one stepsister (Emma Schwartzentruber, East Zorra), besides 15 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services were held at Krugs Funeral Parlor by Bro. Joe R. Bender and at East Zorra A. M. Church by Brethren Peter Nafziger and Dan S. Iutzi. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Brubaker.-Anna Mary Brubaker, daughter of John S. and Mary (Kreider) Brubaker, was born Jan. 29, 1911, peacefully fell asleep in Jesus at her home near Fairmont, Feb. 7, 1944; aged 33 y. 9 d. Her death was caused by complications resulting from heart ailment. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Landis Valley Mennonite Church to which she remained faithful until death. In her youth she has sickness which left a weak heart, but she bore her affliction with great patience and did not complain. She was an example to all of us in the cheerful way she bore her cross in life. She was very industrious, always busy at something when health permitted, and she helped willingly with the work as much as was within power. She will be greatly missed in the home and in Sunday school, but we feel that our loss is her gain. She had many friends and was loved by all who knew her. On July 2, she had a heart attack at which time she asked to be anointed, which brought relief and sweet communion with God. She later was able to be up and about her duties. Much of the last few months of her life she spent in bed. She gave wonderful testimonies to those who visited her bedside. Her passing is mourned by her parents, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers: Edna Grace, Marlin Ray, Verne Ruth, all at home; and John David, Lancaster, Pa. Brief funeral services were held at the home in charge of Bros. Abraham Metzler and Paul Myer. Further services were held at the Landis Valley Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Ira Landis, Clayton Keener, and Levi Weaver. Texts, Mark 14:8a and II Cor. 12:9a. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
We cannot say, and we will not say,
That she is dead, she is just away.
With a cherry smile, and a wave of the hand,
She has passed into a better land.
-By the Family.
Eash.-Saloma Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Barbara and Joseph Miller, was born April 27, 1870 in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died May 12, 1944, at her home in the Monitor community, McPherson Co., Kans.; aged 74 y. 15 d. Saloma lived in Lagrange Co., Ind., until 1882. When 12 years old she came with her parents to McPherson Co., Kans. On July 1, 1888, she was married to Josiah Eash, living in the Monitor community. They made their home with his mother for six years. In 1895, they moved on the farm they had purchased, where they lived together until her departure. In the winter of 1891 she, with her husband, accepted Christ. They were baptized at the Monitor Church by Bro. Frank Bradly, the minister who had married them three years before. She was a loyal and considerate wife and mother. She leaves to her family the priceless heritage of a Christian home, and the memory of one whose precept and example they can always respect. To this union were born 8 children. One son and one daughter preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, 5 sons and one daughter (Perry, Long Beach, Calif.; Jess, Anthony, Kans.; Walter, Windom, Kans.; Modena Perkins, Conway, Kans.; Palmer, Kiowas, Kans.; Wilbur, at home), 4 brothers and 3 sisters (Samuel J. Miller, LaVern, Calif.; Susan Troyer, Conway, Kans.; Silva Beckner, Elgin, Ill.; S. Enos, Protection, Kans.; Sebastion, Elgin, Ill.; Shelly, Conway, Kans.; Salina Zook, Windom, Kans.), 8 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Brethren Church at Monitor, conducted by Bro. J. J. Yoder and Rev. Van Dyke. Text, John 16:16. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Emerson.-John Edwin, infant son of R. D. and Mildred (Heiser) Emerson, was born May 24, 1944, near Fisher, Ill.; died the next morning at the Burnham Hospital in Champaign. He is survived by his bereaved parents, 2 sisters (Ruth and Mary Lou), and both his maternal and parental grandparents. Short graveside services were held Thursday afternoon, May 25, at the East Bend cemetery where interment was made.
Our baby lived but for a day,
And then to heaven he was called away.
Though sad our hearts, we find our rest
In knowing that God's will is always best.
Miller.-Joseph D., son of the late Joseph and Anna (Conrad) Miller, was born near Canton, O., Aug. 26, 1895; died at his home in Sarasota, Fla., April 29, 1944; aged 48 y. 8 m. 3 d. In the year 1908 he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Beech Mennonite Church, in which he continued until the end. On Dec. 4, 1923, he was united in marriage to Maryann Miller, of Midland, Mich. To this union was born one daughter, Dorothy Irene. Bro. Miller spent most of his life in the vicinity of Canton. For the past number of years his health had been failing. During this time he, with his companion and daughter, spent three winters and one summer in Florida. Last November (1943) they again went to Sarasota, Fla. His health was poor all this while. About three weeks before his passing away, his condition became worse and it seemed that nothing could be done to help him. The last week he suffered extremely and on April 29, the Lord relieved him of his suffering by calling him home to glory. The cause of his death was heart ailment. Short services were held at the church on Sunday afternoon, with Bro. Otho Shenk in charge. Then the body was returned to Canton, O., his companion and daughter accompanying it. He always enjoyed flowers and listening to Gospel songs. He was always at the church services when possible. Even the last Sunday before his passing he wanted to go and did so, but being unable to go in, he stayed in the automobile and listened and worshiped from there. His parents and 2 sisters (Gladys and Mary), and an infant brother preceded him in death. Surviving are his companion and daughter, 5 sisters (Mrs. Esther Graber, Katie, Mrs. Christian King and Susan, all of Canton, O.; Mrs. Aaron Schmucker of Louisville, O.), one brother (John J. of Canton), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church with Bishop O. N. Johns in charge. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Mishler.-Josiah B., born Aug. 28, 1860, in Howard Co., Ind., passed away at Salem, Oreg., April 8, 1944; aged 83 y. 7 m. 10 d. He was united in marriage to Lena Yoder, Aug. 5, 1883. In April, 1902, the family moved to Hubbard, Oreg. To this union were born 14 children. His wife, 3 sons, and 3 daughters preceded him in death. Aug. 22, 1931, he was again united in marriage to Rebecca Deetz, who also passed away June 8, 1939. He leaves to mourn his passing one step-daughter, 4 step-sons, and the following 8 children: Rose Killin, Maude Mitchell, and Ruby Kauffman of Portland, Oreg.; Ida Klinker and Betty Morelock of Seattle, Oreg.; Opal Fellingham of Los Angeles, Calif.; Lilly Broyles and Pearl Kinzer of Salem, Oreg.; 2 sisters (Anna Kemp and Amanda Keller); 2 brothers (Noah and Henry); also many relatives and friends, both in Oregon and in the East. He was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in 1884, to which he belonged when death came. He served as a member of the District Mission Board of the Pacific Coast Conference for 34 years. Bro. Mishler was highly respected by those who knew him. He was deeply interested in the church. Funeral services were held in Hopewell Mennonite Church April 11, 1944, in charge of Bros. H. A. Wolfer and Ernest Bontrager. Text, Neh. 7:2, latter clause. Interment was made in Hopewell Cemetery.
Schrock.-James Edward Schrock, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Schrock, was born at the San Antonia Community Hospital at Upland, Calif., May 4, 1944. When just a little over a week old he became quite suddenly ill with inflammation of the intestines which caused his death three days later, May 15. It came as a shock to his relatives and friends who did not know of his illness. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Schrock, he is survived by 2 sisters (Virginia Lee and Marlene Kay), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Schrock and Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Kremer), and one great-grandmother (Mrs. John H. Stutzman). He is also survived by 10 aunts and uncles; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schrock, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hauder; Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Kremer; Myra Kremer; Harry, Robert, and Wilma Schrock. A short service in the home was conducted by Bro. Harry Erisman. Further services were held at the church in charge of Bro. Glenn Whitaker. Interment was made in the Inglewood Cemetery.
May we all take a lesson from his life so short
That we, too, are nearing that heavenly port,
So that when we are called, we'll be ready to go
To meet our son James whom we learned to love so!
Zimmerman.-Weaver Zimmerman was born in East Earl Twp., Sept. 21, 1900; died April 11, 1944; aged 43 y. 6 m. 19 d. Death was instantaneous, caused as the car which he was driving overturned. His work here on earth is finished, but his teaching will live on. His wife and the following children survive: Elsie, wife of Lloyd Diem; Irene, wife of Robert Risser; Florence wife of Hiram Bollinger, Jr.; a son, Leon in service, and Charles at home. He was a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church. Services at the Mellinger Funeral Home were conducted by Bro. Aaron Weaver, with further services at the Weaverland Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. Aaron Weaver and Bro. David Weaver; also a short service at the grave by Bro. Paul Graybill in the Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery.
The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought his end so near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The loss of a loved one without farewell.
-By the Family.
Zook.-Mary Emma (Yoder) Zook, daughter of C. K. and Kathryn Yoder, was born in Wayne Co., O., Feb. 24, 1864, passed away very suddenly at her home in West Liberty, O., Sunday, May 7, about midnight; aged 80 y. She came to Logan Co., when only 8 years old. On Jan.26, 1897, she was married to John E. Zook. He preceded her in death Oct. 5, 1941. Two daughters and one son were born to bless this home. One daughter, Bertha, preceded her in death when only 3 years old. She was devoted to her family and home, assuming many responsibilities of the management and care of the home, because of the sickness of her companion, who was an invalid for over 30 years. Mother had not been well for several months, but seemed to feel much better and was able to help with the household duties again. On her last day spent here on the earth she was especially happy and enjoyed the visits of her neighbors and friends. She became a member of the Mennonite Church at an early age, and at the time of her death was a member of the South Union congregation. She was faithful in attending church services, when health permitted, and was looking forward to being able to go again soon. She was also active in the work of the sewing circle. She leaves to mourn her departure on sons, Lawrence, and daughter Mary, both at home, also 2 remaining sisters: Mrs. A. Y. Hartzler, West Liberty, O., and Mrs. Rudolph Yoder, Kent, O., the last of the family of 10 children. Much credit is due the son and daughter for their faithful and loving care of their mother. She often spoke to her friends of the kindness and care her children gave her. Her presence will be greatly missed in the home and community. She was always ready to help her friends and neighbors, as the occasion arose, and will long be remembered for her jovial disposition. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the South Union Church, with Bros. N. E. Troyer, Marion Y. King, and Wallace Kauffman officiating. Interment was made in the South Union Cemetery. Two hymns were impressively rendered by a septet.
There is no death, there is no night;
The loved one passed beyond our sight
Is living in eternal light,
Removed from care and pain;
And some day, in a fairer land,
We shall hear the voice, we shall touch the hand,
And with lifted hearts which understand,
We shall see our own again.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Enck.-B. Frank, son of Samuel and Susan Enck (Cocalioco Twp.), was born July 22, 1862; died May 12, 1944; aged 81 y. 9 m. 20 d. Father was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until the Lord called him home. Father was much interested in the spiritual welfare of the church, and was a lover of singing. During his sickness he spent much time in singing and praying, leaving a bright testimony to those around his bedside. In June 1890, he was united in marriage to Emma Lauver Martin. Together they shared the sorrows and joys in life. To this union 6 sons and 2 daughters were born. Two sons preceded him in death. The following children survive: Harry, Ohio; Samuel, Lexington; Mamie, (wife of Dr. R. D. Becker), Lancaster; Paris, New Mexico; Suley (wife of Eugene N. Reist), Ephrata; Frank, Willow Street, Pa. Brief services were held at the home by Bro. David Mosemann. Further services were held at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church by Bros. Amos Horst and Jacob Brubaker. Text, John 14:1-4. Interment was made in Mertzler's Cemetery.
Beneath our eyes he slowly faded,
Getting weaker every day
Till God in His heavenly wisdom
Called Father peacefully away.
Esbenshade.-Mary Emma Hess Esbenshade, eldest daughter of the late Daniel and Eliza Hess, was born April 2, 1858, near Hessdale; entered into rest at her home near Ronks, Pa, Jan. 19, 1944; aged 85 y. 9 m. 17 d. Death was caused by a heart condition and infirmities due to age. On Oct. 27, 1881, she was united in marriage to Joseph H. Esbenshade of Ronks, who departed this life 20 years ago March 9, 1924. Two daughters survive: Eliza H. at home; and Marian E., wife of Capt. William M. Fox, Lancaster. One daughter Annetta preceded her in death 18 years ago. Surviving are 3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren (3 in Africa whom she never had the privilege to see), one sister (Martha, wife of Oscar Kendig, Strasburg), and one brother (Aaron Hess, Hessdale). Two brothers, John and Amos, are deceased. Her sincere interest in others and her words of encouragement are greatly missed by all who came in contact with her. To us who were deprived of a mother in our young years, she was more than a grandmother-she was a mother also. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. C. M. Burbaker, who read II Cor. 4, 5. This was followed by services at the Mellinger Mennonite Church of which she was a member for many years. Bro Harry Lefever read Ps. 90, and Bro. Brubaker used for his text, II Tim. 1:12.
Gone is the face we loved so dear;
Silent is the voice we loved to hear-
Too far away for sight or speech,
But not too far for thought to reach.
Sweet to remember her who was here
And who, though absent, is just as dear.
Good.-Lizzie H. (Burkhart) Good, wife of Walter R. Good, was born Jan. 26, 1918; died at the Reading Hospital May 26, 1944; aged 26 y. 4 m., leaving an infant daughter Ruth Ann. She was in apparent good health and her passing came as a shock to her many friends. She united with the Bowmansville Mennonite Church in her early teens and was a faithful and active worker in the church and Sunday school. She is survived by her husband and daughter, also her parents (David and Sallie Burkhart), and these brothers and sisters: Alta, wife of Adam Esbenshade; Lester, Paul, and Grace. Funeral services were conducted at her late home in Morgantown, Pa., and at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. Bros. J. Paul Graybill, Benj. Weaver, and Moses Gehman officiated. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin.-Katie E., daughter of the late Ephraim and Anna Ebersole Risser, was born Aug. 20, 1878, near Mt. Joy, Lanc., Pa., died at her home in Intercourse, Pa., April 28, 1944, after a lingering illness of three months; aged 65 y. 8 m. 8 d. She was united in marriage to Alvin Hernley Nov. 5, 1916, near Elizabethtown, who preceded her in death Jan. 29, 1927. Her second marriage to Bishop Abram L. Martin took place June 19, 1934. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and was a faithful member until death, and attended services whenever health permitted. She will long be remembered among us as a quiet, gracious, and consistent Christian. She will be greatly missed by her family, relatives, church, and friends. Services were held May 2, 1944, at Paradise Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Amos Horst and Mahlon Witmer. Further services were held at Rissers Mennonite Church near Elizabethtown by Bros. Noah Risser and Henry Keener. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery. Surviving are her husband and these stepchildren: Edna, wife of Martin R. Groff; Ruth, wife of Eby Hostetter; Mabel, wife of Clarence Groff, all of Intercourse, Pa.; Jay, Gordonville; Landis, Palmyra, Paul and Charles, C.P.S. Camp, Belton, Mont. Also 2 brothers (Christian E. Risser, Manheim, Pa.; and Peter H. Risser, Mt. Joy) and 2 nieces (Mrs. Ivan Kreiner and Mrs. Roy Shearer, Mt. Joy, Pa.) also survive.
Drop by drop the stream runs dry,
Leaf by leaf the roses fall,
One by one we all must go,
In answer to the Saviour's call.
Snider.-Noah, son of Abraham and Magdalena Snider, was born Nov. 10, 1864, at Wakarusa, Ind.; died May 29, 1944, at Petoskey, Mich. He was married to Maryann Burkhart Nov. 27, 1887, near Goshen, Ind. In 1905, they moved to Burtus, Mich., living in this vicinity until the fall of 1943. While seriously ill, he was taken to the Lockwood General Hospital, Petoskey, Mich., and from there to the home of his eldest daughter, Mrs. Aaron Dettwiler, where he and his wife made their home until his death. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, in which faith he died. Surviving, besides the widow are 3 daughters (Mrs. Aaron Dettwiler, Petoskey; Mrs. Abram Reist, Madden, Alta., Can.; Fannie, Petoskey), 2 sons (Irvin, Davison, Mich.; Nelson, Brutus), 12 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Lydia Musselman, Osgood, Sask., Can.) On Thursday, June 1, brief services were conducted at the funeral home by Rev. Murphy of the M. B. C. Church, and funeral services at the Maple River Church at Brutus by Bro. Clyde X. Kauffman. Text, John 14. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
When our work here is done,
And the life crown is won,
And our troubles and trials are o'er,
All our sorrows will end.
And our voices will blend,
With the loved ones who've gone on before.
Snyder.-Susanna (Ludwig) Snyder, widow of Edwin Snyder, died May 23, 1944, at her home in Denver, Pa., after a short illness. She was born May 28, 1859, and was buried on her 85th birthday. She was a member of the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. She is survived by 2 sons (Samuel and Edwin Snyder), and one daughter (Lizzie, wife of Phares Meckley), all of Denver, Pa. Funeral services were conducted in the Denver Union Meeting House by Bros. J. Paul Graybill and Benj. Weaver. Her body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Stalter.-Carol Ann, daughter of Earl and Leanna (Miller) Stalter, was born Oct. 8, 1942; died at her home in Middlebury, Ind., May 7, 1944; aged 1 y. 6 m. 30 d. She is survived by her parents, 2 sisters (Beverly Jane and Virginia Lee), 2 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Miller, Grabill, Ind.), 2 foster grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Roggy, Ithaca, Mich.), 2 great-grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Schlatter, Grabill, Ind.), also a foster great-grandmother (Mrs. Barbara Roggy, Meadows, Ill.), and many other relatives and friends. Death was due to heart trouble, and though in apparent normal health, it took only a few moments to go home peacefully to her Maker. Funeral services were held at the Middlebury Mennonite Church on May 9, in charge of the home minister, Bro. Wilbur Yoder. Text, Ps. 103:15.
Steckle.-Mrs. Elizabeth (Shantz) Steckle, daughter of Menno and Elizabeth (Snider) Shantz, was born Feb. 8, 1872, in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died May 17, 1944, at her home near Zurich, Ont. On Dec. 26, 1893, she was united in marriage to Menno D. Steckle who preceded her very suddenly from a heart attack, Aug.4, 1941. After their marriage they moved on the farm where they both spent the rest of their lives. To this union were born 11 children, 9 of whom survive to mourn the loss of their kind Christian parents: Daniel and Menno, Zurich, Ont.; Magdalena, (Mrs. Noah Gingerich), Bayfield, Ont.; Allen, Zurich; Hannah (Mrs. John L. Smith), Markham, Ont.; Celinda and Mary at home; Oliver, Bayfield; Asa on the home farm. Eighteen grandchildren, 4 sisters (Mrs. Hannah Martin, Mrs. Magdalena Martin, Mrs. Lydian Martin, all of Waterloo Co.; and Mrs. John Steckle, Zurich, also survive. One son and one daughter preceded their parents. She suffered over 9 years with tic douloureux in her face, which at times made eating impossible. This weakened her system. The last three weeks she was bedfast and very weak, till at last the Lord saw fit to reliever her of all her sufferings. She united with the Mennonite Church in youth, and remained faithful to the end. Services were in charge of Bro. Abraham Bearinger and Amsey Martin. Text, Ps. 23, Phil 4:4-13. Interment was made in the Amish Mennonite Cemetery near Zurich.
Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past.
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Until God called her home to suffer no more.
Troyer.-Lewis Troyer was born near Topeka, Ind., April 20, 1856, the son of Valentine and Fanny Smucker Troyer; died June 1, 1944, aged 88 y. 1 m. 11 d. He was married to Cordelia Nusbaum Nov. 25, 1883, who preceded him in death 9 years ago. Surviving are 2 nieces (Mrs. D. Walter Miller of Ohio, and Mrs. Edith Mast, Elkhart, Ind.), together with a host of friends. Except for the last 6 years, Bro. Troyer spent the whole of his life in Middlebury, Ind., and vicinity. The last years were spent in Ohio at the home of his niece. He had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since his youth and expressed his love for the church and his eternal home freely in his latter days. Funeral services were held in Ohio June 3, and the following day at the Middlebury Mennonite Church in charge of the home minister, Bro. Wilbur Yoder. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 8
Weaver.-Wilson Floyd Weaver, firstborn son of Walter K. and Tracie Simmons Weaver, was born Sept. 16, 1927, near Waynesboro, Va., passed away peacefully, May 12, 1944, at Medical College Hospital, Richmond, Va., aged 16 y. 7 m. 26 d. He leaves to mourn his early passing his parents and the following 7 brothers and sisters: James, Ethel, Ray, Walter K. Jr., Vance, Robert, and Anna, all at home. Two brothers preceded him in death. Wilson was in good health until the last three months, when he had trouble with his head. He was taken to Waynesboro Community Hospital on May 8, and was removed to Richmond on May 9, where two operations were preformed, but God saw best to take him to Himself. His affliction was pronounced as general brain infection. Wilson was baptized and received into the Springdale Mennonite church, Dec. 18, 1938, and remained faithful both in the church and in the home until the end. On May 9, he expressed himself as ready to meet his God. He was always a willing worker in the Church, and will be missed by many. Funeral services were conducted on May 15, at the home by Bro. C. M. Grove, and at the Springdale Church by Bro. J. R. Driver, assisted by Bro. J. W. Hess, Akron, Pa. The text was Ps. 23. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder.-John T. Yoder, son of the late John Henry and Nancy Yoder, was born near Wooster, O., Sept. 10. 1871; passed away at his home in Akron, N. Y., April 13, 1944.He was affected with a heart attack which caused him to be bedfast 3 1/2 weeks before his death. Dec. 18, 1901, he was married to Beckie Harshberger of Mattawana, Pa. To this union were born 3 children: Jacob Earl, who passed away in infancy; Lorma (wife of Ora Kaufman); Verna (wife of Ben Kaufman). He is survived by his loving wife, 2 daughters, and 6 grandchildren ) Merle, Berylene, Maxine, Charlotte, Melva, and Karen Kaufman), one brother (Jacob, Cincinnati, O.), and several nieces and nephews. He united with the Mennonite Church in young manhood, and remained faithful unto death. He loved to sing praises to his heavenly Father in his days of illness, and to have friends call on him to sing and pray with him. He was waiting for the Lord's call. His only regret was that he didn't speak to more people about their souls' salvation. He was a loving husband and father, and will be greatly missed in the home, church, and neighborhood, but we mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Wm. Hughs, pastor of the Free Methodist Church in Akron, and close friend of the family, and at the church by Bro. J. W. Birky of Spartansburg, Pa., assisted by Bro. Mose Roth, Baden, Ont., and Bro. Weber, Lockport, N. Y. Text, Heb. 9:27. The body was taken to Mattawana for burial services, conducted by Bro. Emanuel Peachy of Belleville, Pa.
I cannot say, I will not say,
That he is dead, he is just away.
With a cherry smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wondered into an unknown land.
And left us dreaming, how very fair,
It needs must be, since he lingers there.
Zimmerly.-Mary Ann Steiner, daughter of John M. and Elizabeth Amstutz Steiner, began life's journey in Paint Twp., southeast of Kidron., O., on Oct. 9, 1861, passed to the great beyond on May 27, 1944; aged 82 y. 7 m. 18 d. She was afflicted with heart trouble and arthritis. She was in the center of the family of 11 children, 5 older and 5 younger. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until called home. As long as health permitted she was always a regular attendant at the house of worship, and will be greatly missed in the home. Her contribution and Christian influence will long be cherished in the church and community. Jan. 17, 1888, she was united in marriage with Peter Zimmerly and moved on the Boone Farm two miles east of Kidron, where they together shared joys and sorrows of life for over 44 years. Mother lived on that same farm for over 50 years. On Oct. 8, 1938, she retired, and with her daughter Melinda moved into the new home south of Dalton which was the home of her brother, Samuel Steiner, where she spent the last few years of her life. Her husband preceded her in death Dec. 1, 1932, at the age of 75 years. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 sons and 2 daughters: John and Edwin of Dalton; Elizabeth (Mrs. Otto Kamp) Orrville, O.; and Melinda at home; 28 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one sister Sarah (Mrs. John Lehman), and a host of relatives and friends. Besides her husband, one daughter (Lydia, Mrs. Samuel Neuenschwander), one son (Silas), 3 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 6 sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Kidron Mennonite Church May 29, 1944. Services were conducted by Bros. A. J. Steiner, Reuben Hofstetter, Isaac Zuercher ,and Allen Bixler. Text, Ps. 23. Burial was made in the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church cemetery.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Barto.-David H., was born Sept. 18, 1872; died June 6, 1944; aged 71 y. 8 m. 18 d. He suffered a stroke eight years ago which left him an invalid since. He leaves his wife (Emma Garman Barto), one daughter (Grace), one sister (Mrs. Clinton Rohrer), and 2 brothers (Martin and Jeremiah). He was a member of the Manheim Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held on June 10-at the home in charge of Bro. Samuel Lehman, and at the Manheim Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Homer Bomberger and Charles Hostetter. Burial was made in Hernley's Cemetery.
Brenneman.-Jacob, oldest son of Nicholas and Catherine (Erb) Brenneman, was born in Perth Co., Ont.; Sept. 4, 1886. As a youth he confessed Christ and was baptized by Bishop Nicholas Nafziger in 1903. Later, he transferred his membership to East Zorra A. M. congregation, where he held it to the time of his passing. On Nov. 9, 1911, he was united in holy wedlock to Sister Catherine Baechler of East Zorra. He passed away at his late home in East Zorra, having suffered from a heart attack for two weeks; aged 57 y. 9 m. 4 d. He leaves to mourn his departure his bereaved companion, 4 brothers (Solomon, East Zorra; Dan, South Easthope; Moses, East Zorra; Elmer, Wellesley), and sister (Catherine, wife of Simon Roc, East Zorra), 31 nephews, 25 nieces, and a large host of relatives and friends. Services at the home were conducted by Joe R. Bender, and at East Zorra A. M. Church by Bros. Sam Schultz, Peter Nafziger, and Dan. S. Iutzi. Texts: I Thess. 4:13-5:10; Rev. 2:2; II Tim. 4:6, 8; Rev. 7:9-17. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.
Breneman.-Lydia J., daughter of Jacob B. and Catherine Shetler Miller, was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Aug. 24, 1861; peacefully fell asleep in Jesus June 9, 1944, at her home in Smithville, Ohio; aged 82 y. 9 m. 18 d. On Aug. 7, 1883, she was united in marriage to S. D. Breneman, who preceded her in death March 9, 1900. One son (Clark) also preceded her Nov. 12, 1941. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Blanch Ebersole, Boston, Mass.; Jay J. D. Breneman, Kalona, Ia.; Mary Ellen and Clara Kathryn, both of Smithville, Ohio. Also surviving are 3 brothers (Louis J. Miller, Wellman, Ia.; George J. Miller, Clarion, Ia.; Ervin J. Miller, Prosser, Wash.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Boller, Wayland, Ia.; Mrs. Katie Kinsinger, Wellman, Ia.; Mrs. Fanny Marner, Parnell, Ia.; Mrs. Mary Erb, Elkhart, Ind.), 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and a large number of nieces and nephews. Sister Breneman in early life confessed and accepted Christ, and united with the Mennonite church, and worshiped with the Oak Grove congregation since her residence in Wayne Co., Ohio. She remained a faithful, devoted, and loyal sister in the Master's service. She was much interested in the activities of the church. She loved to read her Bible daily, with medication and prayer. She had gone to be at rest with her Lord. Services were conducted by Bros. J. S. Gerig and Wm. G. Detweiler. Texts, Ps. 17:15; Jno. 14:1-6. Interment was made in Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea.
"For, tho' from out our bourne of time and place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar."
Bucher.-Elmer Carl, infant son of Lloyd C. and Sarah Jane Bucher, was born May 29, 1944, and died the same day in the Ephrata (Pa.) Community Hospital. He is survived by his bereaved parents, one brother (Lloyd C., Jr.), and one sister (Rose Marie). Short services were conducted on May 30 by Bro. Richard Hess at the Hammer Creek Cemetery, where interment was made.
Ebersole.-Ilda Ramseyer was born March 25, 1895 and departed this earthly life May 6, 1944. She was converted and accepted Christ in her early teens, at which time she united with the Martins Mennonite Church near Orville, Ohio. On Nov. 17, 1929, she was received into full membership and fellowship with the Smithville Brethren Church. On July, 1917, she was married to Harry Ebersole. To this union 3 children were born. Her parents came to this country from Switzerland. She was a true Christian, a good personal worker, loyal and faithful to her Lord and His church, a wise housekeeper, and a kind and loving wife and mother. Her children will long remember her wise and Christian counsel. In her last illness (having been bedfast since Dec. 8, 1943) she was ever patient in suffering, thoughtful of others, steadfast in her faith, and confident in the hope of soon going to be with her Lord. Left to mourn he departure are her husband, one daughter (Alice), 2 sons (Homer and Paul, at home), 3 brothers (John Ramseyer, Henry Ramseyer, and Fred Ramseyer), 3 sisters (Mrs. Mary Mohr, Mrs. Lydia Griner, and Mrs. Sarah Hastings), and many nieces and nephews. Services were conducted at the Smithville Brethren Church by J. G. Dodds, her pastor, assisted by Bro. Noah Hilty of the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, and by Bro. I. J. Buckwalter of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Interment was made in the Smithville Cemetery.
Floyd.-Maggie Landis Floyd was born May 11, 1869; suddenly departed this life May 29, 1944, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elam Brubaker, Mount Joy, Pa.; aged 75 y. 18 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. She is survived by 4 children: Enos, Rheems, Pa.; Lottie, wife of Elmer Gibble, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Margaret, wife of Elam Brubaker, Mount Joy, Pa.; Mabel, wife of Elmer Shearer, Mount Joy., Pa. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Harvey Hostetter), and 2 brothers (Harry Landis, Rheems, Pa.; Samuel Landis, Ephrata, Pa.). Mother suffered an attack of indigestion about two weeks before her death, from which she seemed to be daily improving and was again about as usual. Her sudden passing was a shock to the family, but we submit to Him who doeth all things well. We are comforted with the thought of meeting her again in a better land. She was a loving patient mother, always concerned about the spiritual welfare of her family. Hers was a life of unselfish, sacrificial services for those about her. Her quiet, daily walk with the Saviour was one of inspiration and example. Short services were held at the home of her daughter, with further services at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Henry Graber and Amos Hess. Text, Matt. 25:13. Her body was laid to rest in Goods Cemetery.
Geil.-Jacob Edwin Geil, of near Broadway, Va., oldest son of Joseph and Annie Geil, was born Feb. 20, 1888; departed this life June 10, 1944; aged 56 y. 3 m. 20 d. Bro. Eddie, as he was called, was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and a regular attendant. He was faithful in caring for his aged parents and constantly ministered to their needs in their declining years. On June 9 he took his parents and sister to visit an aged neighbor. When they were ready to return, the car refused to start, and he decided to push it down an incline, the car gained momentum and he was crushed between the car and a tree. He was taken to the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., where he passed away at 1:30 a.m. the following day. He leaves to mourn his tragic passing, his parents, 2 brothers (William and Arthur), and 2 sisters (Anna, at home, and Kittie, wife of Samuel A. Shank), besides a host of nephews and nieces, and friends. Funeral services were held at the home on June 12, by Bro. Timothy Showalter, with further services at the Lindale Mennonite Church, near Linville, Va., by the Brethren Perry E. Shank, J. L. Stauffer, and Timothy Showalter. Texts, Deut. 29:29 and a portion of John 13:7-"What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter." Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Glick.-Lydia Glick, daughter of Gideon and Sarah (Harmon) Yoder, was born near Georgetown, Wayne Co., Ohio, Aug. 10, 1863; died May 22, 1944; aged 80 y. 9 m. 12 d. In her youth she united with the Oak Grove Church. Jan. 25, 1887, she was united in marriage to Samuel H. Glick. In 1901 the family moved to Warwick Co., Va. Father answered the heavenly summons May 17, 1920. Mother was bedfast the last month of her life, a part of which time she was in a Newport News Hospital in a vain endeavor to lengthen her life. From there she was taken to the home of her son, Emery, near Morrison. She was patient in her suffering, knowing the end was near. A brother preceded her in death. She is survived by 2 sons (Emery and John), 2 daughters (Beulah, Oyster Point, Va.; Mrs. J. Vernal Hartman, Westover, Md.), 5 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. M. B. Glick, Oyster Point; Mrs. C. P. Cleveland, Chillicothe, Ohio), and other relatives. The funeral was held at the home of her son and at the Providence Church near Oyster Point, Va., conducted by Bros. George M. Hostetler of Westover, Md., and J. Paul Sauder of Denbigh.
Gochnauer.-Adam H., son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Herr) Gochnauer, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 5, 1886, departed this life May 3, 1944; aged 57 y. 9 m. 29 d. He was united in marriage to Myrtle E. Bair June 16, 1913. He leaves to mourn his departure his bereaved companion and the following children: Harold, Adam, John, and Glenn. One grandson and one son (Gerald) preceded him 6 years ago. He is survived by one sister (Mrs. Emma Bigler, West Willow), and 2 brothers (Benjamin and Edwin, Lancaster, Pa.). He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. His seat was seldom vacant. Services were held at his late home Saturday afternoon, May 6, by Bros. Henry Nauman and Noah Hess. Services at the Brick Church, Willow Street, Pa., were in charge of Bros. Jacob Harnish, Christ Brubaker, and Maris Hess. Texts, Rev. 21:1-7; I Sam. 20:18; II Tim. 4:6,7. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Gut.-Mary Eichelberger Gut was born Oct. 26, 1860, at Hopedale, Ill.; died at Kouts, Ind., at the home of her stepson, Christian Good, June 5, 1944; aged 83 y. 7 m. 9 d. Although very feeble from a recent illness, we little knew that the end was so near. Like one worn out from the toils of life, she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus without a struggle. She merely went to sleep to wake up no more on this earth. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and united with the Mennonite church, remaining faithful to the end. On Dec. 5, 1911, she was united in marriage with Christian C. Gut at Hopedale. They resided a few years at Lakewood, Ill., then moved to Fisher, Ill, where her husband passed away Feb. 15, 1935. She then went to make her home with her brother and wife at Hopedale, with occasional visits to her stepchildren in Indiana. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 brothers (George and Joe of Hopedale) and 2 sisters (Phoebe Marshall and Katie Jensen of Pekin, Ill.) Two sisters (Lena Birky and Annie Neuhouser) and 2 brothers (Chris and Peter) preceded her in death. Also surviving are 5 stepchildren (Andrew Gut, Lagrange, Ind.; Joseph, La Cross, Ind.; Christian and Mary Birky, Kouts, Ind.; and Edwin, Valparaiso, Ind.), 20 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Short services were held at the Kouts Funeral Home in charge of Bro. Millard Lind. Text, I Cor. 15:50-58. The body was then taken to Fisher, where funeral services were held, in charge of Bro. J. A. Heiser. Text, Ps. 16:6. Interment was made in the East Bend Cemetery.
Horning.-Leon Earl, infant son of Moses M. and Elsie (Martin) Horning was born April 5, 1944, at the Ephrata Community Hospital; died April 28, 1944; aged 23 d. The first week he seemed to be a strong healthy baby; then he started to get weaker. He got too weak to take his feedings, and when ten days old, he was put in the incubator and fed through a tube. Pneumonia followed, which cost his life. He is survived by his sorrowing parents, one sister (Arlene), one brother (LeRoy), the parental grandfather (Moses G. Horning), and the maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Levi Martin). We do not understand why we were not permitted to enjoy the presence of this child in our home, but we submit to His will, knowing that God doeth all things well. "God's flowers are always wisely plucked." Services were held at the home near Blue Ball, Pa., conducted by Bro. David Weaver, with further services at Weaverland Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Aaron Weaver. Burial was made in the Weaverland Cemetery. Text, Job 1:21.
Hottenstein.-Susan N. Hottenstein, of East Petersburg, Pa., died at her home April 1, 1944, after a weeks' illness with pneumonia; aged 85 y. She was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Barbara Metzler. She was a member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church for over 50 years, and her seat was seldom vacant. She was able to attend church services just the Sunday before she died. She was a devout Christian and a kind mother and grandmother. Her kindly spirit won for her the friendship of neighbors and friends. Although Grandmother was taken from us, we have the blessed assurance of meeting her again in that better world above. Surviving are 2 children (Cora, wife of Phares R. Moyer, and Wallace M., Lancaster, Pa.). 9 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Phares Beimsderfer, Manheim, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church by Bros. Frank Kreider and Henry Lutz. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Kauffman.-Susan Miller Kauffman, daughter of the late Samuel P. and Katie Miller, was born Nov. 27, 1883, on the Wheatland Prairie near Wheatland, Hickory Co., Mo.; passed away at her home near Guymon, Okla., May 27, 1944; aged 60 y. 6 m. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth, became a member of the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until the summons from on high. While yet a child, the family moved from Missouri to near Ponca City, Okla., and five years later moved back to Missouri. The journey was made in a covered wagon. She was the second child of 8 children and the first to answer the call. Jan. 1, 1905, she was united in marriage to Feltie J. Kauffman, who preceded her in death two months ago. In the spring of 1907, they moved from Cass Co., Mo., to their present home. God blessed this union with 6 sons and 4 daughter, all of whom survive; Clarence, Gruver, Tex.; Emory, Perryton, Tex.; Daniel, Harper, Kans.; Effie, wife of Milton Swigart, Perryton, Tex.; Samuel, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lula, wife of Floyd Johnson, Guymon, Okla.; Edward, Provo, Utah; Ruth, wife of John Rhodes, Hardesty, Okla.; Mabel and John, at home. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren (4 having preceded her in death) and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Rosa S. King, Mrs. H. J. Glick, Daniel, Christian, Samuel, and Otto of Pennsylvania, and Ann of Cass Co., Mo.; also nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. Many were the kind admonitions given by her which will long be cherished by the family.
Kropf.-Magdalena, wife of the late Menno Baechler, was born near Baden, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., March 31, 1856; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Christian Gingerich, Bronson Line, Stanley Twp.) on May 22, 1044. She had been staying in this home the last four years. She reached the age of 88 y. 1 m. 22 d. In the year 1877, she was united in marriage to Menno Baechler, who predeceased her in 1936. This union was blessed with 4 children: Mary, Mrs. Henry Eichler, Pigeon, Mich.; Annie, Mrs. Christian Gingerich, Stanley Twp.; Solomon, Hay Twp.; Alvina, Mrs. Sam Kopp, Hay Twp. There are 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her early youth, and remained a faithful servant of this fellowship until God called her home to rest with Him in eternity.
Kurtz.-Mary Kurtz, daughter of Harry and the late Anna (Brenneman) Gross, died at the Columbia, Pa., Hospital, March 23, 1944, after an illness of five days: aged 40 y. 9 m. 12 d. She was the wife of Walter H. Kurtz. At the age of twelve, she became a member of the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. She was a Sunday-school teacher of a class of girls at the Columbia Mennonite Mission. Her immediate family includes her husband, one son (Walter, Jr.), one daughter (Jean E.), and on sister (Roma S. Gross).
Schmidt.-Johanna Priebe Schmidt was born July 10, 1863, in Salzdorf, Providence of Posen, by Schubin, Germany; died at her home in Duchess, Alta., May 23, 1944; aged 80 y. 10 m. 13 d. In 1881, at the age of 18, she came to America. She was married to Carl Albert Schmidt in 1884. To this union were born 6 sons and 7 daughters. After their marriage she and her husband lived in Glenwood, Minn., until 1900, when they moved to Plainsville, Minn. In 1917 they moved to Alberta, and settled near Taber. In 1920 they moved on a farm near Rosemary. Following the death of her husband in 1930, she took up residence in the village of Duchess, where she lived with her son Samuel until May 23, when she peacefully passed away from a heart attack. One son and one daughter preceded her in death, having died in infancy. Those living include Benjamin, Taber, Alta.; Carl, Havre, Mont.; William, Glechien, Alta.; John, Calgary, Alta.; Samuel, who lived with his mother; Mrs. Lydia Schmidt, Taber, Alta.; Mrs. Esther Frear, Lethbridge, Alta.; Mrs. Julia Fisher, Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. Ruth Simpson, Portland, Oreg.; Mrs. Edith Moder, Rosemary, Alta.; and Mrs. Wilhelmina Lake, Duchess, Alta. Besides her 5 sons and daughters there are left to mourn 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was sick very little during her lifetime and had always longed that she would not be a burden or care to anyone. Her desire was fulfilled, for she worked up to the very day of her death. She lived a simple Christian life and made it very practical. She looked well to the ways of her household. Her hands were always busy so that she might be able to help someone. She was thoughtful of the needs of others and was a cheerful giver. Many have received gifts by which she will always be remembered. From her own testimony can be learned the secret of her happy and useful life. These words were left written by her hand: "My earthly life has not always been sunshine, but I have had a wonderful companion, Jesus Christ. He asks us if the burden is too heavy to come to Him. Yes, that good old Book says, 'As thy days, so shall thy strength be.' And I have found it so. The Lord be praised forever." On March 30, 1941, she united with the Duchess Mennonite Church, and was faithful in her attendance to the very last. She took her place on Sunday, May 21. Her prayers were always felt, and her deep concern for the message was an inspiration. She had a deep concern for her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and remembered them daily in prayer. She loved her Lord and walked close to Him. She has left behind a wonderful testimony of godly motherhood. Funeral services were held in the Duchess Mennonite Church, May 28. Bro. C. J. Ramer was in charge, assisted by Bro. H. B. Ramer. Texts: Prov. 14:32; 1 Pet. 1:3-5. Interment in the Taber Cemetery, Taber, Alta.
Shantz.-Tobias, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John D. Shantz, was born in Wilmot Twp., Ont., Oct. 18, 1874. He went about his work as usual and came home in the evening feeling very tired. During the night of June 10, 1944, he passed on to be with the Lord; aged 69 y. 7 m. 22 d. He was united in marriage to Laura Shantz Nov. 5, 1919. Surviving are his wife, one brother (Ezra Shantz, Baden), and 2 sisters (Mrs. George S. Weber, St. Jacobs, and Mrs. Soleman Gehman, Bridgeport). Bro Shantz was greatly interested in the work of the Lord. He served as a faithful Sunday-school teacher for many years. Also for a number of terms he was an active member of the board of Trustees. His sudden death came as a shock to all, but we know that the words of the scripture, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is to gain." are true in the life of the departed. Funeral services were held in Erb Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont., in charge of Bro. J. B. Martin. Text, Heb. 13:14.
Sommer.-Jacob, son of the late Joseph and Barbara (Miller) Sommer, was born in Stark Co., Ohio, June 11, 1873; died at the Mennonite Home for the Aged, Rittman, Ohio, June 13, 1944; aged 71 y. 2 d. At the age of 18 he was baptized with the Beech Mennonite Church, holding to this faith until the end. He spent his entire life in the vicinity where he was born until a few years ago when his brother John died. He then went to the Home where he enjoyed the comforts of life. About 16 months ago he suffered a light stroke of paralysis from which he never fully recovered. He, however, was able again to take care of himself until a few weeks ago when he was confined to his bed because of a heart condition, which resulted in his death. He was a kindhearted and good-natured soul and had great faith in God. He spoke very commendably of the care he received at the Home through its superintendent, Bro. Peachy, and his staff. He is survived by a sister-in-law (Mrs. Dora Sommer, Louisville, Ohio), 3 nephews (Lloyd Sommer, Louisville; and William and Chauncey Sommer of the armed forces), and other relatives and friends. Besides his parents, 2 brothers (John and David) and one sister Mary) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church, in charge of the bishop, Bro. O. H. Jonas, assisted by Bro. John D. Miller. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Trimmer.-Charles Jackson Trimmer was born at Bearsdale, Ill., Oct. 10, 1874; died at his home in Sherburn, Minn., June 11, 1944; aged 69 y. 8 m. 1 d. On Feb. 20, 1896, he was united in marriage to Cora Crossan. To this union were born five daughters, one of whom (Sylvia) passed away in 1921. After living in Illinois for some years, they moved to Minnesota, where they resided since except for a few years when they lived in the northern part of Wisconsin. He united with the Mennonite Church in Alpha, Minn., in 1923 and remained faithful to the end. He leaves his companion, 4 daughters (Bessie Turner, Sherburn; Doris Shearer, Jackson, Minn.; Olivia Anderson, Granada, Minn.; and Mildred, Sherburn), and the following brothers and sisters: Will and Grace, Worthington, Ind.; Estella Danzisen, Dayton, Ohio; Luella Westhefer, Decatur, Ill.; and Ervin, St. Louis, Mo. Funeral services were conducted at the home and church on June 14, in charge of Bros. N. E. Landis and C. J. Garber. Interment was made in the Sherburn Cemetery.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana